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Passenger sentenced in Grand Forks crash that cost victim his leg

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A Grand Forks man was sentenced to 1½ years in prison and three years of supervised probation in connection with a crash that caused a man to lose part of his leg.

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Justin Teague, 34, was a passenger in the car that stuck Michael Hart, 37, when he was outside his pickup Oct. 17 on DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks, retrieving an item that had fallen out of the truck's bed.

According to police affidavits, Teague hit and shook Hart after the crash. Hart has told the Herald that Teague had good intentions but that his actions were not helpful.

Teague, who was reportedly intoxicated, fought with a good Samaritan who was trying to help Hart and later threatened to kill a police officer, the affidavits say.

Teague pleaded guilty to two felony charges of terrorizing and misdemeanor charges of preventing arrest and assault. Another misdemeanor assault charge was dismissed.

He was ordered Monday to receive chemical-dependency and psychological evaluations.

Karen Vatnsdal, the driver of the car that reportedly hit Hart, has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and aggravated assault. Vatnsdal, 52, is set to be sentenced May 2.

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